Richard Teraci has signed exclusive contracts with a number of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints artists who are letting their music be downloaded from the Web site, to be located at www.latterdaytunes.com. “We’re also going to be doing ringtones of a lot of hymns. It’s going to be a total blast,” Teraci said.
Web-Based Business To Offer Downloadable LDS Music
A new MP3 and iTunes-type business is gearing itself toward members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Responding to the growing popularity of music produced just for LDS audiences, Richard and Sandy Teraci of Provo, Utah, are about to launch an LDS-oriented Web site that will allow users to download LDS-oriented music.
“This will be the iTunes for saints,” Richard Teraci said. “It will be all LDS artists.”
Teraci has signed exclusive contracts with a number of LDS artists who are allowing their music to be downloaded off the Web site, to be located at www.latterdaytunes.com.
Ringtones of Hymns
“We’re also going to be doing ringtones of a lot of hymns. It’s going to be a total blast,” Teraci said. “We think it’s going to be real popular.”
Each of the artists will receive a royalty when their songs are downloaded from the latterdaytimes Web site. Users will pay about US$1 per download, Teraci said.
“There are so many talented LDS artists out there that if you’re not at Deseret Book you’ve never heard of them,” Teraci said. “We have the largest selection of new artists, as well as songs that people have grown up with.”
The Web site will also offer users the opportunity to purchase MP3 players as well as CDs of their favorite LDS artists. In addition, the site will provide screensaver downloads with LDSoriented themes, including temples and church leaders. Another feature to be launched will be rebroadcasts of live concerts that can be replayed on computers featuring popular and new artists.
Teraci, who also owns Family Flix, a DVD/VHS movie editing company that sells edited versions of popular movies, is also planning on launching another iTunes-type site, www.safemp3.com, that will allow users to download “clean” versions of popular songs.
“The site will have lyric offensive-free music available for downloading,” Teraci said. “We will have thousands and thousands of songs and there won’t be any language or offensiveness in it.”
The safemp3.com site is set to launch before the end of the year.